California Free Printable Miscellaneous Law Posters California Operating Rules for Industrial Trucks Poster

The Operating Rules for Industrial Trucks is a miscellaneous law poster by the California Department Of Industrial Relations. This poster is mandatory for some employers, including employers who operate forklifts and other types of industrial trucks or tow tractors.

This poster must be posted in a conspicuous place where all employees will see it in any industry that operates industrial trucks. This poster describes the rules that must be followed for proper usage and safe use of industrial trucks.


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OPERATING  R ULES  FOR
  
INDUSTRIAL  TR UCKS  
 
General Industry Safety Order 3664
 
Operating Rules (Part (a)) 
(a) Every employer using industrial trucks or industrial tow 
tractors shall  post and enforce a set of operating rules 
including the appropriate rules listed in Section  3650 
(t). 
 
General Industry Safety Order 3650  
Industrial Trucks. General (Part  ( t))   
(t)    Industrial trucks and tow tractors shall be operated in a 
safe manner in accordance with the following 
operating rules:  
(1)  Only drivers authorized by the employer and 
trained in the safe operations of industrial trucks or 
industrial tow tractors pursuant to Section 3668  
shall be permitted to operate such vehicles. 
(2)  Stun t driving and horseplay are prohibited.  
(3)  No riders shall be permitted on vehicles  unless 
provided with adequate riding facilities.  
(4)  Employees shall not ride on the forks of lift trucks.  
(5)  Employees shall not place any part of their bodies 
outside t he running lines of an industrial truck or 
between mast uprights or other parts of the truck 
where shear or crushing hazards exist.  
(6)  Employees shall not be allowed to stand, pass, or 
work under the elevated portion of any industrial 
truck, loaded or empt y, unless it is ef fectively 
blocked to prevent it from falling.  
(7)  Drivers shall check the vehicle at the beginning of 
each shift, and if it is found to be unsafe, the 
matter shall be reported immediately to a foreman 
or mechanic, and the vehicle shall n ot be put in 
service again until it has been made safe.  
Attention shall be given to the proper functioning 
of tires, horn, lights, batter y, controller , brakes, 
steering mechanism, cooling system, and the lift 
system for fork lifts (forks, chains, cable, and  limit 
switches).  
(8)  No truck shall be operated with a  leak in the fuel 
system .  
(9)  Vehicles shall not exceed the authorized or safe 
speed, always maintaining a safe distance from 
other vehicles, keeping the truck under positive 
control at all times and all established traffic 
regulations shall be observed. For trucks traveling 
in the sam e direction, a safe distance may be 
considered to be approximately 3 truck lengths or 
preferably a time lapse  -  3 seconds -  passing the 
same point.  
 
LEFT ( 1/2)  General Industry Safety Order 3650
 
Industrial Trucks. General (Part  ( t)) 
 
(10)   T rucks traveling in the same direction shall not 
be passed at intersections, blind spots, or  
dangerous locations.  
( 1 1)   The driver shall slow down and sound the horn 
at cross aisles and other locations where  vision 
is obstructed. If the load being carried obstructs  
forward vie w, the driver shall be required to 
travel  with the  load trailing.  
(12)   Operators shall look in the direction of travel 
and shall not move a vehicle until certain that 
all persons are in the clea r.  
(13)   T rucks shall not be driven up to anyone 
standing in front of a bench or other fixed 
object of such size that the person could be 
caught between the truck  and object.  
(14)   Grades  shall be ascended or descended 
s lowly.  
(A)  When ascending or  descending grades in 
excess of  10 percent, loaded trucks shall 
be driven with the load upgrade.  
(B)  On all grades the load and load  engaging 
means shall be tilted back if applicable, 
and raised only as far as necessary to 
clear the road surface.  
(C)  Motorized hand and hand/rider trucks shall 
be operated on all grades with the load-
engaging means downgrade.  
(15)  The forks shall always be carried as low as 
possible, consistent with safe operations.  
(16)  When leaving a vehicle unattended (the 
operator is  over 25 feet (7.6 meters) from or out 
of sight of the industrial truck), the brakes are 
set, the mast is brought to the vertical position, 
and forks are left in the down position, either : 
(A)  The power shall be shut off and, when left 
on an incline, the w heels shall be blocked; 
or  
(B)  The power may remain on provided the 
wheels are blocked, front and rear.  
(17)  W hen the operator of an industrial truck is 
dismounted and within 25 feet (7.6 meters) of 
the truck which remains in the operator ’s vie w, 
the load  engaging means shall be fully 
lowered, controls placed in neutral, and the 
brakes set to prevent movement.  
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General Industry Safety Order 3650 
Industrial Trucks. General (Part  (t)) 
 
Exception :   
Forks on fork -equipped industrial trucks may be in 
the raised position for loading and unloading if the 
forks are raised no more than 42 inches above 
the level where the operator/loaders are standing, 
and the power is shut off, controls placed in 
neutral a nd the brakes set. If on an incline, the 
wheels shall be blocked.  
(18)  Vehicles shall not be run onto any elevator unless       
the driver is specifically authorized to do so. Before 
entering an elevator , the driver shall determine that     
the capacity of the elevator will not be exceeded.    
Once on an elevator , the industrial truck’s power  
shall be shut of f and the brakes set.  
(19)  Motorized hand trucks shall enter elevators or 
other confined areas with the load end forward.  
(20)  Vehicles s hall not be operated on floors, sidewalk 
doors, or platforms that will not safely support the 
loaded vehicle.  
(21)  Prior to driving onto trucks, trailers and railroad 
cars, their flooring shall be checked for breaks and 
other structural weaknesses.  
(22)  Vehicles shall not be driven in and out of highway 
trucks and trailers at loading docks until such  
trucks or trailers are securely blocked or restrained 
and the brakes set.  
(23)   To prevent railroad cars from moving during 
loading     or unloading operations, the car brakes 
shall be set, wheel chocks or other recognized 
positive stops used, and blue flags or lights 
displayed in accordance with Section 3333  of 
these Orders and Title 49, CFR, Section 218.27  
which is hereby incorporated by reference.  
(24)  The width of one tire on the powered industrial 
truck shall be the minimum distance maintained 
from the edge by the truck while it is on any 
elevated dock, platform, freight car or truck.  
(25)  Railroad tracks shall be crossed diagonall y, 
wherever possible. Parking closer than 8 1/2 feet 
from the centerline of railroad tracks is pr ohibited. 
(26)  Trucks shall not be loaded in excess of their rated 
capacit y. 
(27)   A  loaded vehicle shall not be moved until the load 
is safe and secure.  
(28)  Extreme care shall be taken when tilting loads.  
T ilting forward with the load engaging means 
elevated shall be prohibited except when picking  
up a load.   
 
   
General Industry Safety Order 3650
 
Industrial Trucks. General (Part  (t)) 
Elevated loads shall not be tilted forward 
except  when the load is being deposited onto 
a storage rack  or  equivalent. When stacking or 
tiering, backward tilt shall be limited to that 
necessary to stabilize the load.  
(29)  The load  engaging  device shall be placed in 
such a manner that the load will be securely 
held  or supported.  
(30)  Special precautions shall be taken in the  
securing  and handling of loads by trucks 
equipped with attachments, and during the 
operation of these trucks after the  loads have 
been removed.  
(31)   When powered industrial trucks are used to 
open and close doors, the following provisions 
shall be  complied with:  
(A)   A device specifically designed for opening 
or closing doors shall be attached to the 
truck.  
(B)  The force  applied by the device to the door 
shall be applied parallel to the direction of 
travel of the door . 
(C)  The entire door opening operation shall be 
in full view of the operator . 
(D)  The truck operator and other employees 
shall be clear of the area where  the door 
might fall while being opened.  
(32)   If loads are lifted by two or more trucks 
working in unison, the total weight of the load 
shall not exceed the combined rated lifting 
capacity of all  trucks involved.  
(33)  When provided by the industrial truck 
manufacturer, an operator restraint system 
such as a seat belt shall be  used.  
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Operating rules for industrial trucks 
contained on this poster are current through 
Register 2014, No. 16  California  
Code of 
Regulations ( operative 7-1 -2014).   
Other rules may also apply.  
OPERATING RULES FOR   
INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS 
 
Dec-15

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